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I’m often asked “Why don’t those pesky bugs bite you, Sandy?”

My reply is Vitamin B1 is a natural bug repellent.  By taking B1 on a daily basis, the bugs may circle you, but they won’t bite.  This includes mosquitos, flys, gnats, no-seeums, etc.

Vitamin B1 – Thiamin, is a water soluble vitamin, which means your body does not store it.  So no worries of it building up in your system.  

According to The University of Maryland Medical Center, Thiamin is important for converting the carbohydrates that we eat into fuel for our body to run on.  It also strengthens the immune system, and the B Vitamins in general are known as “anti-stress” vitamins.

And for me, one of the best benefits of B1 is that I no longer get bit by mosquitos and such, because I no longer have “sweet blood”, as it’s called. Here’s a pubmed article on B1 as a natural bug repellent.

How I did it:  Start by taking 1 50mg capsule 3 times a day for a few days, and then reduce the dosage over the next few days to 1 capsule 2 times a day, then to 1 capsule per day.  You’ll notice after a few days to a week of regular usage that bugs will still come around you, but they will bite you less and less.

Stay at 1 50mg capsule per day as long as the bugs continue not to bite.  If you miss a day, no worries.  If you miss multiple days, you may want to then take 1 capsule 2 times a day for 2 days to rebuild the repellant action.  Then return to 1 capsule per day.

Also, Mint repels many bugs, including the ones that like to bite.  Mint also repels rats, but that’s another post altogether.

How I do it:  Always plant mint in pots in areas where it can take over.  Mint can quickly become invasive in some areas.  Check with your local garden supply to make sure.

Plant mint(s), there are lots of varieties, in pots, and group the pots in areas where you like to be that you do not want the bugs to be.

Citronella is another good bug-repellant plant.  It is one of the main ingredients in mosquito repellents.  

Marigolds also repel bugs.  They contain pyrethrum, which is found in many insect repellents.